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Lumby murder suspect detained in Vernon court

Vitali Stefanski is charged with the second-degree murder of Tatjana Stefanski
Tatjana Stefanski’s ex-husband, Vitali Stefanski, has been charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death of the Lumby mother in April 2024. (Facebook)

Vitali Stefanski, who has been charged by the RCMP for second-degree murder, was detained in court on Monday, June 3.

Stefanski is alleged to have abducted and killed his ex-wife, Lumby woman Tatjana Stefanski.

Since Tatjana’s death, the RCMP’s Southeast District Major Crime Unit has been working to gather evidence, which led to materials being submitted to Crown counsel seeking approval for a second-degree murder charge.

According to the B.C. Prosecution Service, Vitali “will remain in custody unless he chooses to schedule a bail hearing in Supreme Court, at which time his custodial status would be determined by the court.”

If he were to request a bail hearing, a reverse onus situation would take place. That means that it is up to the accused (Vitali) to show cause as to why his release would be justified.

Vitali will next be in court on Monday, June 24 to fix a date.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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